An Imprint is a strong mental and emotional bond formed between a vampyre or fledgling and one they have fed upon. Within vampyre culture, the Imprint is considered the most deepest and profound forms of intimacy one may ever experience.
An Imprint is formed when a vampyre or fledgling drinks from another vampyre, fledgling, or human. The exact specifications for what causes an Imprint are unspecified, but it is highly theorized that it could have to do with several factors; a preexisting emotional connection between the two parties, sexual compatibility, or the amount of blood taken, among other theories. When it does happen, the process is immediate, so feeding upon a person is considered a sign of deep intimacy and the desire to Imprint with that person.
When a vampyre or fledgling drinks from another person, it is a very intense and erotic feeling - akin to both intercourse and orgasm for both parties. After the Imprint is formed, the two people involved in the union can feel each other's emotions, and if the Imprint is strong enough - even read their thoughts. If one person in an Imprint is being physically injured or in pain, then the other could feel it.
Breaking an Imprint is extremely painful for at least one of the people involved in the Imprint. Here are ways an imprint can be broken:
- Another Imprint replaces the currently existing Imprint.
- One of the people involved in the Imprint dies.
- Through a series of extremely painful rituals.
- If the Imprint isn't strong, it may fade from loss of contact.
In the Vampyre Sociology 415 TextbookEdit
|“||Sexuality and Bloodlust: "Though the frequency of need differs depending upon age, sex, and general strength of the vampyre, adults must periodically feed on human blood to remain healthy and sane. It is, therefore, logical that evolution, and our beloved Goddess, Nyx, have insured the blood drinking process is a pleasurable one, both for the vampyre and the human donor. AS we have already learned, Vampyre saliva acts as an anticoagulant for human blood. Vampyre saliva also secretes endorphins during blood drinking, which stimulate the pleasure zones of the brain, human and vampyre, and can actually stimulate orgasm."||”|
|“||Imprinting: "An Imprint between vampyre and human does not occur every time a vampyre feeds. Many studies have been performed to try to determine exactly why some humans Imprint and some do not, but thought there are several determining factors, such as emotional attachment, relationship between the human and the vampyre pre-Change, age, sexual orientation, and frequency of blood drinking, there is no way to predict with certainty whether a human will Imprint with a vampyre."||”|
|“||Fledgling--Vampyre Imprinting: "As discussed in the previous chapter, due to the possibility of Imprint, fledglings are prohibited from drinking the blood of human donors, but they may experiment with each other. It has been proven that fledglings cannot Imprint one another. However, it is possible for an adult vampyre to Imprint a fledgling. This leads to emotional and physical complications once the fledgling completes the Change that are often not beneficial for either vampyre; therefore, blood drinking between fledgling and adult vampyre is strictly prohibited."||”|
- Blue Fledgling Zoey Redbird with human Heath Luck
- Blue Fledgling Zoey Redbird with Blue Vampyre Professor Loren Blake
- Red Vampyre Stevie Rae Johnson with human Aphrodite LaFont
- Red Vampyre Stevie Rae Johnson with Raven Mocker Rephaim